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Did you know that The Ordinary has regimen guides on their website? I bet you didn’t. At the beginning of the year when I fully dabbled into my 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine, I decided that I was gonna be splurging a lot on serums. Specifically, hydrating serums. While I still deal with hyperpigmentation here and there, my major concern is still my hydration issues. So, I went through The Ordinary’s website in an attempt to find a suitable hydrating serum. This was when I stumbled on the regimen guides but that’s a post for another day. I’ll definitely be sharing how I try to incorporate The Ordinary ‘s dehydration regimen into my 10 Step Korean Skincare Routine. But today, I want to talk about one of the brand’s hydrating serum I decided to try out. Enter The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics.
Just as the name implies, it has everything to do with water and hydration. While checking out the very few hydrating serums on the brand’s website, I stumbled on the Marine Hyaluronics and decided to give it a shot. I mean, what is the worst that could happen?
Let’s get right into it!
First Impressions of The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics.
Size & Packaging: As a typical serum from the brand, The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics Serum comes in a 30 ml dropper bottle. For the first time ever, I had a problem with the packaging for this specific product. This is because it is such a lightweight serum that can easily, I mean easily spill. After about two weeks of consistent use, half the bottle spilt in my PM Routine PVC Bag. Even though it is a cheap product, I was so upset because I couldn’t fully enjoy it.
Price: Since I didn’t buy it directly from the brand’s website, I got mine from a trusted vendor on eBay for about £6.77. This price included postage as well.
Ingredient List: Again, as an ethical and trustworthy brand, I don’t bother so much about the ingredient list because I don’t have sensitive skin. Most products generally work for my skin type. But just to be on the safe side for those of you that have sensitive skin, here’s what the product is made of:
Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Algae Extract, Pseudoalteromonas Exopolysaccharides, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Arginine, Glycine, Alanine, Serine, Valine, Isoleucine, Proline, Threonine, Histidine, Phenylalanine, Aspartic Acid, PCA, Sodium PCA, Sodium Lactate, Salicylic Acid, Citric Acid, Propanediol, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Salicylate, Sodium Benzoate, Hexylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol.
Fragrance: As always, there’s no trace of any cheap nasty natural or synthetic fragrance. So there’s a no cause for any irritations and whatnot.
Directions: According to the packaging, you’re directed to apply a few drops to your face in the mornings and at night before your creams or moisturizers. (Tip: When you see directions like this, just know that you’re dealing with a serum.)
What I did: I followed the directions but rather than using it both in the mornings and nights, I used it only at night as part of my PM routine. I’ve always been looking for a hydrating serum that I can use to accompany my AHAs and Retinols at night so this was perfect.
So did it work: I used it in between my exfoliating toner and my night cream. It does a good job of hydrating my skin and soothing it after using heavy actives like Glycolic Acid and Retinol BUT the result is short-lived. The Ordinary Marine Hyalaronics is an incredibly lightweight product. It literally disappears into your skin after application without leaving a single trace. Compared to my Corsx Snail Mucin Power Essence which is thicker and traces can still be seen even after application, this is way different. This doesn’t exactly make it an ideal serum for my dehydrated skin. It might work for anyone with an oily or sensitive or even acne-prone skin but for dehydrated skin, it is not enough. The only plus side is, it is a good addition to a summer skincare routine. I found it ideal especially during the heatwave here in the UK as it wasn’t heavy at all. When I needed to swap my Winter/Spring skincare products, this came in really handy. So that’s it. For Autumn or Winter, it is not enough even after applying it several times.
Other thoughts: The Ordinary currently has three hydrating serum at the moment and this is the first one I used. A couple of weeks ago, I bought the Hyaluronic Acid Serum so watch out for that review as well. I’ll also be trying the Amino Acids + B5 serum. After which I would compare all three according to the consistency and effectiveness. So watch out for all of that as well. In the meantime, if you absolutely don’t mind a lightweight hydrating serum like The Ordinary Marine Hyaluronics, get one for yourself!